Heroic arithmetic for an electric age

Like everyone, you’ve probably read somewhere in the press that electric cars are coming to displace internal combustion engines in the not-too-distant future. So let us try to answer an absurd question: how many more nuclear reactors would be needed today if all passenger vehicles in France were to become electric ? In trying to answer that absurd question, we might actually learn a few things of interest.

China by the numbers

In my latest post about climate change, I argued that China’s unique economic system explains a big chunk of the country’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and by extension of the world’s CO2 emissions. In particular, I made a link with monetary policy by pointing out that credit supply by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) lied behind the housing and infrastructure construction boom that has taken place in China. Today’s post will explore that phenomenon further.

Our atmospheric mess

In an earlier post, I made the point that CO2 emissions were tightly coupled to economic growth, and that this had to do with our reliance on fossil fuels for producing the goods and services that make up GDP. In this new post, I will provide more detail on where those CO2 emissions come from. And as you will see, some of the results can be rather surprising.

Adding fuel to the fire, literally

In my first post, I pointed out that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions had increased every year since 1965 and that the relationship between economic growth and those emissions was very solid and relatively stable over time. In this new post, I will try to provide some more background on why that is the case.